LEBANON / SYRIAN WAR CHILD

09-Mar-2018 00:03:58
Born at the outbreak of Syria’s seven-year conflict, Mohammed lost his home and more to the war before a specialist school in Lebanon offered fresh hope. UNHCR
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STORY: LEBANON / SYRIAN WAR CHILD
TRT: 03:58
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 27-28 FEBRUARY 2018, BEIRUT, LEBANON
SHOTLIST
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad, 7-year-old Syrian boy:
“1,2,3,4,5,6,7.”
2. Close up, the water tap
3. Various shots, Mohammad brushing his teeth
4. Med shot, severed hand
5. Wide shot, Mohammad at the sink
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussein Ibrahim, Mohammad’s father:
‘’We couldn’t take him to the hospital because there was shelling. His hand had to be amputated.’’
7. Various shots, Mohammad with his mother and family
8. Wide shot, the FAID deaf school classroom
9. Close up, Mohammad and other students
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Syrian refugee Mohammad:
‘’I like school.’ What do you learn at school? ‘’English, Arabic, math.’’
11. Wide shot, doctor with Mohammad checking the batteries
12. Various shots, Mohammad makes a paper plane
13. Wide shot, teacher writing Mohammad’s name of the board
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sabine Kesrwani, Lebanese teacher at the school:
‘’Mohammad is a very smart student. He is a quick learner. He is slowly trying to put letters together to create words, and he’s very proud about this achievement.’’
15. Med shot, teacher and Mohammad
16. Wide shot, the classroom
17. Wide shot, Mohammad his friends raising their hand in class
18. Close up, hearing aid
19. Various shots, Mohammad in class
20. Med shot, Mohammad eating a sandwich
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Gladys Shawish, School management:
‘We don’t have enough funds to have more refugee children here. If we can get help we can receive more Syrian children.’’
22. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammad Ibrahim, Syrian refugee:
‘’I like to draw butterfly.’’
23. Various shots, Mohammad at home while he is drawing
24. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammad Ibrahim, Syrian refugee:
‘’He comes back from school, he doesn’t even have lunch, he takes off his shoes and he starts doing his homework.’’
25. Various shots, Mohammad sitting with his father and his brother
26. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussein Ibrahim:
‘’I am not worried about Mohammad’s future. I am doing the best I can to make him happy. And somehow, things always work out for him.’’
27. Close up, Mohammad’s face through the mirror
28. Med shot, Mohammad sitting at the door looking outside
STORYLINE
SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad, 7-year-old Syrian boy:
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.”

Mohammad is as old as the Syrian war.

The conflict started two months after he was born.

When he was 3 his home in Palmyra was shelled.

The attack severed his left hand.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussein Ibrahim, Mohammad’s father:
‘’We couldn’t take him to the hospital because there was shelling. His hand had to be amputated.’’

Extremists took over the area when Mohammad was five, so the family paid a smuggler to escape to Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammad, 7-year-old Syrian boy:
‘’I like school.’’

[UPSOUND] What do you learn at school?
‘’English, Arabic, Maths.’’

Mohammad also has hearing difficulties.

Made worse by the war, says his father.

But the little guy refuses to be held back.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sabine Kesrwani, Lebanese teacher, FAID School:
‘’Mohammad is a very smart student. He is a quick learner. He is slowly trying to put letters together to create words, and he’s very proud about this achievement.’’

FAID is at a Lebanese special school for deaf children.

50 Lebanese kids, 20 Syrian refugee kids.

The school fits each child with a hearing aid.

And then the lessons start.

A world of sounds opens up for them.

The school would take in more kids, if it could.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Gladys Shawish, school management, FAID:
‘We don’t have enough funds to have more refugee children here. If we can get help we can receive more Syrian children.’’

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammad Ibrahim, 7-year-old Syrian refugee boy:
‘’I like to draw a butterfly.’’

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussein Ibrahim, Syrian refugee and Mohammad’s father:
‘’He comes back from school, he doesn’t even have lunch. He takes off his shoes and he starts doing his homework.’’

The war tore this family from their home.

But seven years on, Mohammed’s resilience is stronger than the war.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hussein Ibrahim, Syrian refugee and Mohammad’s father:
“I am not worried about Mohammad’s future. I am doing the best I can to make him happy. And somehow, things always work out for him.”
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